Investigators reviewed thousands of pages of documents, social media content and platform policies.
James’ office said it subpoenaed multiple platforms used by the shooter, including 4chan, 8kun, Reddit, Discord, Twitch and YouTube, and other online platforms where the graphic content of the shooting or the manifesto of the shooter appeared, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Rumble.
Payton Gendron was charged after the May 14 shooting. Police said he drove about three hours from his home in Conklin, New York’s south, intending to kill as many black people as possible. He broadcast the shooting live from a helmet-mounted camera.
And after: Hochul and James are now calling for reforms at the state and federal levels to combat online extremism.
They want state legislation that criminalizes graphic images or videos created by a homicide perpetrator and penalizes individuals who re-share or repost those same images or videos. They also recommend changes to Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act to require companies to “take reasonable steps to prevent illegal violent criminal content from appearing on their platforms.”
James said on Tuesday that she had met with the victims’ families to share the report’s findings.
“The tragic Buffalo shooting exposed the real dangers of unmoderated online platforms that have become fertile ground for white supremacy,” James said in a statement.